ASA criticised for lack of support to athletes competing in London

Team South Africa is putting in a spectacular showing in London for the IAAF World Championships.

Wayde van Niekerk, Luvo Manyonga, Rushwal Samaai, and of course, Caster Semenya have been flying the South African flag high in London.

However, Athletics South Africa (ASA) has been widely criticised for not offering enough support to these athletes.

Wesley Botton, chief sports writer at The Citizen, says the athletes have decided to not sit and wait for ASA but devise other means to pursue their dreams, even if ASA is taking credit for their achievements.

Many of them have to save, beg, borrow and fundraise to represent their country.

Nothing that's coming from Athletics South Africa side is anything... we've seen it trying to slow things down more than anything else.

Wesley Botton, Chief sports writer for The Citizen

Botton says the the good performances of these athletes should be attributed to private institutions who have stepped in to assist, pouring in resources necessary for them to succeed.

If you speak to the athletes themselves they are very pleased with the standards of coaching.

Wesley Botton, Chief sports writer for The Citizen

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